CAHA-010-2011-01-19 Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

Common dolphin that stranded at Rodanthe, NC.

Common dolphin that stranded in Rodanthe, NC
on January 19, 2011.

National Park Service personnel at Cape Hatteras National Seashore responded to the stranding of a dead female common dolphin at Rodanthe on January 19, 2011. The carcass was brought back to UNCW for a thorough necropsy the following day. This animal was the first of four Delphinus strandings on the Outer Banks over a period of four days. Abnormal findings from the necropsy included a thin and heavily parasitized blubber layer, cysts on the pancreas and left lung, enlarged lymph nodes, and scarring of the liver.

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